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Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing, notable for its rapid leg movements while body and arms are kept largely stationary. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1800, 1699 KB)hi i am jazmin i am leaning about riverdace File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1200x1800, 1699 KB)hi i am jazmin i am leaning about riverdace File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Irish stepdance is a type of performance dance originating in Ireland from traditional Irish dance. ...



Riverdance was first performed during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest on April 30. The Eurovision Song Contest 1994 was the 39th Eurovision Song Contest and was held on April 30, 1994 in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

In November 1994, tickets were sold in Dublin for the first full-length show of Riverdance, which opened at the Point Theatre on February 9, 1995 including in the cast Irish Dancing Champion Jean Butler and Michael Flatley and the Irish choral group AnĂșna. The show ran for five weeks and was a sell-out. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: 01, +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ... The Point Theatre (originally dubbed The Point Depot, and often referred to simply as The Point) is a concert and events venue in Dublin, Ireland. ... is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Jean Butler was born March 14, 1971 in Mineola, Long Island. ... Michael Flatley. ... Anúna is an Irish choral group that came to world prominence through its involvement with the Riverdance phenomenon in the mid 1990s. ...

Michael Flatley left the show over creative differences with the producers before the show's first run in London. Irish dancer Colin Dunne stepped into the role of lead dancer and went on to perform in subsequent productions before leaving the show in 1998.

After successful runs in other cities in Europe, Riverdance traveled to New York City to perform at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. This was the first time the show was performed in America. To the shock and relief of the producers, the show was a roaring success. Riverdance had crossed cultural boundaries and had proved to be a phenomenon worldwide.

Riverdance continues to be performed all over the world. Each production company is named after an Irish river. Currently performing companies are the Boyne (touring in North America), Corrib (in the UK and Europe), and Foyle (in Ireland). Current productions are geared towards smaller theatres, whereas past productions have been performed in large theatres and arenas. Thus, sets have been simplified and some numbers contain fewer performers than in past productions (such as those seen on the Live from Radio City and Live from Arena Geneva DVD's). For example, current touring productions of the show have 20 dancers in the finale, Heartland, where as 24 were used in the original Dublin show and 32 were used in the arena shows. This bridge across the Danube River links Hungary with Slovakia. ... Boyne-Valley from Passage tomb The River Boyne (Irish: ) is a river in Leinster, Ireland, the course of which is about 112 kilometres (70 miles) long. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The River Corrib (Irish -Gaillimh / Abhainn na Gaillimhe) in the west of Ireland flows from Loch Coirib / Lough Corrib through Galway to Galway Bay. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... The River Foyle at Night. ...

Cultural impact

Riverdance's appeal was such that the arts of Ireland were made globally popular in a very short time. Dancing school enrollments skyrocketed, Irish sessions found their numbers swelling with new musicians wishing to take part, and interest in Irish arts rose to an all time high. Irish traditional music sessions are informal gatherings at which people play or sing traditional Irish music. ...

However, many artists found that what was wanted by much of the new audience was not the traditions from which Riverdance was derived, but more spectacle after the fashion of the original stage show, or even direct imitations of the show's Bill Whelan tunes and hybrid-form dance numbers. This article, image, template or category should belong in one or more categories. ...

Overall, the general feeling of the Irish traditional arts communities seems to be that Riverdance was an enjoyable, expert piece of Broadway-style theatre that did an extremely good job of popularizing Irish culture and arts worldwide, but that the rate of change it inflicted upon the traditional artforms that inspired the show did not sit comfortably with many of the original participants. Still, even the most gloomy or vehement of the show's detractors will often admit that, at the least, the show brought a great deal of needed funds to the Irish cultural and arts communities worldwide.

See also

Irish music is a folk music which has remained vibrant throughout the 20th century, when many other traditional forms worldwide lost popularity to pop music. ...

External links

  • Official website

Michael Flatley's dance shows
Shows: Riverdance | Lord of the Dance | Feet of Flames | Celtic Tiger
Performers: Michael Flatley | Gillian Norris | Bernadette Flynn | Daire Nolan | Jean Butler | Colin Dunne | Conor Smith
Composers: Bill Whelan | Ronan Hardiman

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